Clemson Football: Tigers who are Heisman Hopefuls for 2023

Clemson running back Will Shipley (1) reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia Monday, September 5, 2022.Ncaa Fb Clemson At Georgia Tech
Clemson running back Will Shipley (1) reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia Monday, September 5, 2022.Ncaa Fb Clemson At Georgia Tech /
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Antonio Williams can become a star at receiver for Clemson Football

It took a long time for the Tigers to offer Williams a scholarship when he was a senior in high school, but almost as soon as they did he began to turn heads at all-star games. It didn’t take long for fans to get excited that Williams could contribute as a freshman.

The coaches began to express the same thing when he arrived on campus but also worked him into the offense slowly. By season end, he was considered the go-to receiver.

I would be lying to you if I said the sophomore slump was a myth. It isn’t, for several reasons. One of the reasons is that players who surprise as a freshman get hyped up too much, and they can’t possibly meet expectations. I am hesitant to even suggest that Williams is ready to have a Heisman campaign. For the record, I don’t think he is ready.

On the other hand, the next most likely position to contend for a Heisman after quarterback and running back is the wide receiver, and if any receiver on this team has the talent to do it, it is Williams. He presumably has a quarterback that can get the ball to him, and that’s the first thing a receiver needs to be great. If Klubnik can set the stage, Williams has the potential to take it.